Saturday, May 4, 2019
Palmyra Atoll/Island-- Part 2: Handy Spot to Refuel
From Abandoned and Little-Known Airfields Western Pacific Islands: Palmyra Atoll/Island.
** Two Army B-17s briefly flew in from Hawaii shortly after Pearl Harbor was attacked and landed for anti-submarine patrol.
** The 5000-foot runway on Cooper Island was completed on January 1, 1942. Another 3,700-foot runway was built on adjoining Menge Island.
** The earliest-known aircraft accident there was June 16, 1942. An Army Douglas C-53 was damaged beyond repair.
** Eighteen P-39s arrived 10/24/42 and departed 11/2.
**Long range AAF B-24s also made frequent stops.
** Contract civilian pilots from Pan American Airways, Consolidated Aircraft and United Airlines flying cargo and personnel to South Pacific areas, also refueled at Palmyra.